October's SustainableUW Festival was a success
The University of Washington is known for being a higher education sustainability leader, and this October for the first time those efforts were celebrated with the week-long SustainableUW Festival. Festival events were hosted by departments and organizations across UW, including UW Surplus, the UW Farm, Society for Ecological Restoration, UW Athletics, the Department of Global Health, UW Study Abroad, the Program on Climate Change and many more.
In addition to highlighting sustainability initiatives underway at UW, a goal of the festival was to showcase student efforts and help connect students with UW departments as well as outside organizations to advance sustainability. Highlights of the week included Wednesday's exhibitor fair on Red Square, followed by the Sustainability Summit with the Huskies for Humanity dean/student speaker panel, a poster session with Campus Sustainability Fund and Green Seed Fund projects, and the Husky Highlight keynote from Karen Baebler, Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Operations, speaking about the sustainability initiatives by UW Athletics. The Summit was filmed by UWTV, and video of the event should be available soon for those who weren't able to attend.
With this year's festival behind us, we're already planning ways to make next year's event bigger and better. Please let us know what you thought of this year's events as well as any suggestions for future festivals.